Money Store

Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market, owned by 21-year-old Carolyn and 24-year-old Roy Bryant, was housed here and primarily served sharecroppers in the area. On August 24, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till came to the store with friends to buy refreshments. While there, Till whistled at Carolyn Bryant. This act violated the white Southern taboo that prevented sexual relationships between white women and black males. The event precipitated Till’s kidnapping and murder, by Roy Bryant and JW Milam, Bryant’s brother-in-law, and other collaborators. Both Roy Bryant and JW Milam were acquitted for these crimes but confessed to them four months after the trial. Following the trial, many of the store’s clients boycotted, and the store went bankrupt as a result.